- By age 14, was the Youth Heavyweight Champion of Ireland---a title he held for three consecutive years.
- Once worked as a fork-lift operator at a Guinness Beer plant.
- Discovered by director John Boorman while performing with the Belfast Lyric Players' Theater and was subsequently cast in the 1981 film Excalibur.
- Chosen for the lead role in 1993's Schindler's List after Steven Spielberg saw his Tony-nominated performance in a Broadway production of Anna Christie.
- In 2000, sustained multiple pelvic injuries after hitting a deer while driving his motorcycle.
- Co-starred with Laura Linney in the 2002 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible; the duo later teamed up to play husband-and-wife on the silver screen in 2004’s Kinsey and 2008’s The Other Man.
- His wife, actress Natasha Richardson, suffered a fatal head injury while skiing in Canada on March 16, 2009; she passed away two days later.
- Surprised audiences with his atypical action-hero performance in Taken (2008), which led to more action-hero turns in Clash of the Titans (2010) and The A-Team (2010).
- 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1997, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1993, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1993, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
- 2002, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
- 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1996, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
- 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
- 2005, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
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- Natasha Richardson — Wife (deceased)
- Bernadette Neeson — Sister
- Barney Neeson — Father
- Kitty Neeson — Mother
- Michael Antonio Neeson — Son
- Julia Roberts — Ex-significant Other
- Helen Mirren — Ex-significant Other
- Daniel Jack Neeson — Son
- Elizabeth Neeson — Sister
- Rosaleen Neeson — Sister
- Attended Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland; attended St. Mary's Teaching College, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Birth Name: William John Neeson
- Birth Place: Ballymena, Northern Ireland
- Birthday: June 7, 1952, Gemini
- Profession: Actor
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